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Craigslist Scam: How We Celebrated Kale's 40th Birthday

(4/16/2015)

Operation "Buy an old Arctic Cat Panther" from ArcticInsider.com

Last Friday was my friend Kale's 40th birthday.

To celebrate (and help Kale assuage his mid-life crisis), I joined and our friend Pat for a day of work, er, adventure to see a vintage 1970 Arctic Cat Panther being sold by some scammer on craigslist.

Click so see exactly how a craigslist scam unfolds.

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TGIF: The April 10, 2015 Edition

(4/10/2015)

TGIF: the drunk, dumb ATV edition

I'm thankful what can happen when we combine ATVs, pallets and beer.

I'm thankful that I can trust Billy Bob with my life. 

I'm thankful we've done stunts like this so many times, that the rest of the gang don't even pay attention any more. 

And I'm thankful there's plenty more of this action happening later today, because it's Friday, April 10, 2015. 

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A Mega-Sonic Epic Journey (and Interview) with Steve Brand

(4/6/2015)

Brando's Mega Sonic Memory Tour

First, CLICK ON THIS to download and read a wonderful .pdf diary of Steve Brand's 26-day, 4,687-mile Mega Sonic Memory (snowmobile) tour.

It is SO worth reading for the sheer adventure and wisdom of a 60-year old guy who has been in the snowmobile industry for nearly four decades.

Then read the interview to learn more about everything from rediscovering snowmobiling, riding solo and more from the man who brought us TekVest.

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TGIF: The April 3, 2015 Edition

(4/3/2015)

TGIF: ATV rider covered with mud and searching for nationals.

I'm thankful me and boys can kick back a few tall cool ones b'for heading out to our fav'rit honey hole.

I'm thankful this here wheeler is built right here in the good ol' U-S-of-A.

I'm thankful a little noodling is all it took to clean me up real good.

And I'm thankful it's all good on this Friday, April 3, 2015.

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Tucker Hibbert to Race a 4-Stroke!

(4/1/2015)

Monster Energy-Arctic Cat racer Tucker Hibbert.

Today’s racing news is as much a shock as it is compelling: In a recent conversation I had with Team Arctic’s Tucker Hibbert, the snocross racing legend confirmed to me that he will race a 4-stroke machine this coming season!

Could this be a watershed moment in the history of big bump racing?

Click to read a short interview with Hibbert about his plans for 4-stroke racing.

(Just be sure to read the WHOLE story.)

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TGIF: The March 27, 2015 Edition

(3/27/2015)

TGIF: the snow-mo-bike rider

I'm thankful for the improved mountain performance characteristics offered by a vertical steering post, new lightweight spindle, narrow ski stance and reshaped skis, as well as the gear-carrying versatility of the new rear rack.

I'm thankful that I can ease into summer gracefully while still enjoying my favorite wintertime activity.

I'm thankful that if you have to ask, you wouldn't understand.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, March 27, 2015.

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TGIF: The March 20, 2015 Edition

(3/20/2015)

TGIF: Military snowmobile patrol

TGIF: Military snowmobile patrol

I'm thankful that, somewhere deep in Siberia's boreal forests, the Soviet military is guarding against unruly SledNecks.

I'm thankful the Cold War ended.

I'm thankful for the Limited Edition Turret model 2-up Touring available as a Spring-only option.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, March 20, 2015.

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The End is Near: Last (Snowmobile) Ride of 2015?

(3/19/2015)

2015 Gunflint snowmobile ride on Arctic Cats. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Winter here in Minnesota came to an abrupt end last week, as an 80-degree swing in temps and highs in the upper 60s fairly destroyed what little snow had accumulated in the past few months.

But there WAS some late season snow still hanging on in the Gunflint area of Minnesota's North Shore.

So with my son on spring break and my friend Tom Rowland always game for an adventure, on Tuesday we attempted what might be our last ride of the season.

Click to see if we succeeded.

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Where to See the 2016 Arctic Cat Snowmobiles

(3/13/2015)

2016 Arctic Cat snowmobile line

Where to see new 2016 model Arctic Cat snowmobiles?

Select models are probably already at your local Arctic Cat dealer. If they're not yet, they will be next week.

Plus there are a few key events where you can see most of the full model line.

Click for more info.

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Explained: Inside Arctic Cat's New TEAM Clutches

(3/10/2015)

2016 Arctic Cat TEAM Rapid Response and Rapid Reaction clutches. Posted by ArcticInsider.com

With the news that Arctic Cat is going to TEAM clutches for most of its 2016 snowmobile model line comes the question: What is it about these clutches that are an improvement over the Cat drive and driven assemblies?

Shift over to the story and find out.

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Explained: Arctic Cat's 2016 WR3 Snowmobile Transmission

(3/5/2015)

2016 Arctic Cat WR3 transmission

The new WR3 Easy Shift transmission that comes on select Bearcat and Pantera models will make a huge improvement in overall utility applications for owners who need it.

Shift into gear to read more.

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Making Sense of the 2016 Arctic Cat Snowmobile Packages

(3/3/2015)

2016 Arctic Cat ZR model snowmobiles

Arctic Cat rider walks into a bar.

Bartender says, “You have a nice package.”

Cat rider blushes, then replies, “Thanks. It’s the El Tigre package.”

To help you make sense of all this talk of various 2016 Arctic Cat snowmobile packages, I’ve put together this handy reference guide.

Click for the whole package.

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12 Things to Know About the 2016 Arctic Cat Snowmobiles

(3/1/2015)

2016 Arctic Cat Snowmobiles

Arctic Cat was BUSY this past year!

For 2016 the company introduced new models; heavily revised its mountain sleds; switched to TEAM clutches on most of its models; added a new 4-stroke engine; offers new quick-adjust FOX shocks; and more.

Click to read the 12 things you need to know, with more in-depth stories to follow in the coming days.

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TGIF: The Feb. 27, 2015 Edition

(2/27/2015)

TGIF: The Big Johnson (snowmobile)

I'm thankful for the hell-bent era of snowmobile speed records, when manufacturers went to great lengths to achieve top speed.

I'm thankful for the company marketing efforts that actually tried to tie machines like this to the actual consumer sleds.

I'm thankful we can all joke around about big Johnsons (and how they motivate some people to go bigger and faster).

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.

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TGIF: The Feb. 20, 2015 Edition

(2/20/2015)

TGIF: vintage snowmobile electrical utility worker.

I'm thankful that Mother Nature continues to dump snow on the unsuspecting citizens of New England and mid-Atlantic region.

I'm thankful for the 24-hp on tap for utility linemen tasked with restoring power in the wake of these storms.

I'm thankful that when the job is complete, we can swap the repair equipment for the wife and kids and really enjoy ourselves this weekend.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.

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Finding Winter: Two Days, 200 Miles and One Tired Kid

(2/19/2015)

February 2015 Snowmobile trip on Minn. North Shore. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

If you're from the Midwest, then I don't need to remind you that this winter has been pretty dismal. By mid-February, my son Cal and I had ridden together exactly twice.

Sheesh! So much for our favorite pastime...

If winter wasn't going to find us this season, then we needed to find it. So Cal and I loaded up the trailer and headed for Minnesota's North Shore, where we found ample snow, amazing trails and two days of fun.

Click to read.

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Snowmobile Hall of Fame Weekend 2015

(2/19/2015)

2015 Snowmobile Hall of Fame & Ride With The Champs. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

The Annual Snowmobile Hall of Fame/Ride With The Champs weekend took place recently in St. Germain, Wis., where racers, riders, collectors and inductees gathered to celebrate the sport of snowmobiling.

Click for a hall-of-fame-like story about the weekend.

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How to Empty a Watering Hole (30 Years Later)

(2/18/2015)

Arctic Cat "How to Empty a Watering Hole" ad 30-year celebration.

Grizzled old-timers like myself remember with great fondness a series of classic Arctic Cat advertisements in the mid-1980s that evoked the spirit of snowmobiling in a way that very few ads did before or since.

“How to Empty a Watering Hole” was one such classic.

Last month was the 30th Anniversary of that great ad. To celebrate (and raise money for charity) many of the original cast gathered to recreate the original.

Click to read the story and buy your own version of the poster.

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News Bites 2.14.15: The Highs and Lows of Snowmobiling

(2/14/2015)

Screen grab from snowmobile crash video on YouTube.

Available next year at Hay Days: “I Bang Snow Banks” t-shirts.

In this thief’s version of Planes, Trains and Automobiles, the lovely Joshua Vossen allegedly stole a van, Volvo, Arctic Cat snowmobile and a truck in his efforts to flee. Apparently the Volvo stint left no lasting impression.

What happens when 1,044 snowmobilers gather for a ride? A possible Guinness World Record. I wonder if the 1,044th rider gave the “I’m-last-in-line” hand sign?

The Guinness ride might have had another participant IF he hadn’t burned his sled piece-by-piece in an effort to stay warm. #firecat

Do officers sit around and laugh once the dust settles from an incident like this? I hope so. 

A truly frightening avalanche that appears to end well for this sledder.

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TGIF (the 13th) in Feb. 2015

(2/13/2015)

TGIF: Friday the 13th, Feb. 2015

I'm thankful that the most truly terrifying moments while snowmobiling happen to OTHER people.

I'm thankful for the containment provided by snowmobile bibs when the $#!T gets scared out of you.

And I'm thankful that it's Friday the 13th, Feb. 2015.

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